Heritage : Critical Approaches
by Rodney Harrison
Editor: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Historical sites, monuments, national parks, museumswe live in an era where heritage is always presentBut what does it mean to live among the spectral traces of the past, of the heterogeneity of the stacking of historical materials in the present?How did you-heritage grow from the preoccupation of a handful of enthusiasts and specialists in a part of the world to something that is considered universally treasuredAnd what concepts and approaches are needed to understand this obsessionOver the decades, since the adoption of the World Heritage Convention, the various “crises” of definition have had a considerable influence on the way heritage is classified, perception and management in the contemporary world, societies, and so on.By taking an interdisciplinary approach to the tangible and intangible “things” now defined as heritage, this book attempts simultaneously to take into account this global phenomenon and the industry that has grown up around it, as well as to develop a “toolbox of concepts with which it could be studied”.In doing so, it provides a critical account of the emergence of heritage studies as an interdisciplinary field of academic study.This is presented as part of a broader examination of the function of heritage at the end of modern societies, with particular emphasis on the changes that have resulted from the globalization of heritage during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.The development of new theoretical approaches and innovative models of more dialogueally democratic heritage decision-making processes, in Heritage: Critical Approaches attempts to clarify the relationship between heritage and the experience of late modernity, while the reorientation of heritage, so that it could be more productive connected with other social, economic, political and environmental emergencies of our time.
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